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'Bob Awards' honor Clean Pittsburgh efforts

| Sunday, March 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review
Councilman Corey O’Connor and mother Judy O'Connor with Clean Pittsburgh Commission chair Boris Weinstein (right) recognized Phyllis Jackson as volunteer of the year.

“This is for Pittsburgh's finest ... the city's cleaner because of them,” said Clean Pittsburgh Commission chair Boris Weinstein to a group of volunteers gathered at the Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink lodge. The annual Meet 'n' Greet Mixer on March 21 recognized Clean Pittsburgh stewards and their sweeping efforts to “Redd Up” the city's 90 neighborhoods.

“We know we're going to be in business for a long time,” Weinstein said.

Lauded with “Bob Awards” — named after late mayor Bob O'Connor — Polish Hill snagged Neighborhood of the Year (among the achievements: removing 10 tons of litter from three illegal dumps); South Side Slopes won Most Improved Neighborhood thanks to an effort to maintain its world-famous (and thigh-blasting) steps; and Bloomfield's Cats & Dogs Coffee Shop scored the Redd Up Zone Adoption Group of the Year. Phyllis Jackson was crowned Volunteer of the Year.

Presented by the late mayor's widow and son, Judy O'Connor and councilman Corey O'Connor, the evening also drew the likes of Luci-Jo DiMaggio, Melissa Rosenfeld, Brian Oswald and Robert Kaczorowski.

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